Sambucus canadensis

Elderberry is a moderate size shrub that produces many small white flowers and dark-colored berries. Leaves turn yellow in the fall. This shrub spreads easily and responds well to cutting and pruning. It is particularly well suited for wet sites and tolerates acidic soil conditions.

Elderberry is planted for landscaping, erosion control, shoreline, wildlife and pollinator habitat. Birds feed on berries.


  • Size: 12"-18"
  • # per Bundle: 25
  • Soil Type: Adaptable - sandy to clay
  • Sun: Partial Sun
  • Moisture: Wet to Moderate
  • Height: 5'-15'
  • Growth Rate: Fast
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, October 18th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the SWCD office. A link is available to join virtually by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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